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Exam Security

Report a security breachThe IIA, the Professional Certifications Board, and Pearson VUE take exam security seriously because the value of your certification depends on it. That’s why IIA Global created an Exam Security Team to enhance processes and procedures and increase investigative measures to protect The IIA’s exam intellectual property (IP).

Unauthorized possession, reproduction, publication, or disclosure of any examination materials, including storing or disclosing examination questions to any person or entity by any means before, during, or after the examination, is prohibited by copyright laws and can result in candidate disqualification or other appropriate censure. Studying from recalled test content is also improper and can lead to severe penalties. If you are aware than an exam has been exposed, do not purchase such materials. Report the incident to The IIA at

To help provide guidance as to what is acceptable (and not acceptable) behavior, we have developed a chart with situations exam candidates may be confronted with and note the appropriate action.

Exam Security FAQs

Situation Appropriate Action
My friend asks me how the test went. Can I talk with her/him about it? Discussions regarding how you felt about the exam experience is fine as long as exam content is not discussed. Specific exam questions should never be discussed.
An acquaintance told me the URL where there is an exposed exam for me to study from. Should I take him up on his offer? Studying from recalled test content is improper and can lead to severe penalties. If you are aware that an exam has been exposed, do not purchase such materials. Report the incident to The IIA at
I want to bring water and food into the exam room. May I? Water will be available outside of the testing room when you take a break from testing. (Please note that there are no planned breaks, and the clock continues to run during any such time.) If you need special accommodation for food, water, or other accommodations (supported by a doctor’s note), upon submitting your exam registration and prior to scheduling your exam with Pearson VUE, please contact The IIA’s Global Certifications Department at Early notice is important, as some modifications may take 30 days or more to implement.
Can I use my phone in the test center just to look at the time? No. Watches and phones are NOT permitted in the testing room. There will be a clock on your computer screen that displays the amount of time remaining for your exam.
What if I need to access my personal belongings? Access to personal belongings is not permitted with the exception of medication and food as approved by the test administrator.

What Happens if Security is Violated?

Incidents of candidate misconduct will be referred to The IIA’s Global Ethics Committee for action and are considered a serious offense. Actions by The IIA’s Global Ethics Committee may include invalidation of exam results, disqualification from participation in all IIA certification programs (current and future), and publication of the results of the candidate’s due process in an IIA publication.

If evidence of misconduct is discovered after a candidate has been awarded an IIA certification, the certification and related social badge may be revoked. The IIA may also take other actions to the extent permitted by law. An appeals process is available.

If You See Something, Say Something

It’s everyone’s job to protect what matters, and the value of your certification or qualification matters. The IIA allows candidates to confidentially provide information should you notice unusual behavior at an exam site related to IIA exam IP or see an advertisement for the sale of exam questions and answers.

Where to Direct Questions or Concerns

If you have questions, comments, or concerns regarding exam security, misconduct, or the testing center, contact The IIA at